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Source: U.S. DHS U.S. and Costa Rica Officials Meet to Discuss Illegal Immigration

Source: U.S. DHS WASHINGTON, May 4, 2015 – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met with Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel Gonzalez Sanz to discuss opportunities for bilateral engagement on border security, information sharing, counter-narcotic efforts, and migration flows through Central America. Secretary Johnson and Foreign Minister Gonzalez discussed opportunities to stre...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Elections: Unopposed Trump vs. Lump of Coal Clinton

Wikimedia Commons By Britt Nelson Trump buried Cruz in the Indiana Primary on Tuesday night while Sanders scored an upset victory over the former U.S. Secretary of State. Democrat Hillary Clinton’s recent comments about shutting down the coal industry in America replayed this week on national TV from West Virginia – a former coal country king -- apparently resonated with close-by Indiana...

Flickr Commons Celebrating World Press Freedom Day in Costa Rica

Flickr Commons By Drew Johnson Editor's Note: Costa Rica is blessed to enjoy a very high level of press freedom in the Americas. For this reason, we are pleased to bring you this contributed opinion by Mr. Drew Johnson, reporter for The Daily Caller and senior scholar Taxpayers Protection Alliance in Washington, DC. This opinion does not reflect that of The Costa Rica Star or its advertiser...

(Wikimedia Commons) Hatred and Violence Tarnish the U.S. Elections Process

(Wikimedia Commons) By Britt Nelson The dark side of politics reared its ugly head Thursday night during a political rally in California for New York Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump – massive police presence in riot gear, cops on horseback, a smashed police car, hatred on display in the streets, violence everywhere, shouting and fighting resulting in 20 arrests. Welcome to Ca...

From US Navy media gallery Denied: U.S. Aircraft Carrier Cannot Enter Hong Kong Port

From US Navy media gallery Washington, Apr 30 (EFE).- China has denied a U.S. aircraft carrier and other ships entry to a Hong Kong port, a Pentagon spokesman told CNN. "We were recently informed that a request for a port visit by a U.S. carrier strike group, including the USS John C. Stennis and accompanying vessels, to Hong Kong was denied," Cmdr. Bill Urban said Friday. "We have a lon...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Stays on U.S. Intellectual Property Watch List

Source: Wikimedia Commons Washington, D.C. – On the heels of World Intellectual Property Day, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released the 2016 “Special 301” Report (PDF) on the global state of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman was joined by Members of Congress and the American business community...

(Archive image for illustrative purposes. Wikimedia Commons) Unstoppable Donald Trump Faces Major Enemy: His Own Party

(Archive image for illustrative purposes. Wikimedia Commons) By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Donald Trump’s five-state win Tuesday night is being called “astonishing” and “profound.” What’s so incredible is that the New York billionaire Republican won each county in ...

Source: Milena Santos Facebook Super Sexy Photos of Brazilian Official’s Wife Spark Controversy

Source: Milena Santos Facebook Sao Paulo, Apr 26 (EFE).- Photos posted on Facebook by the dishy wife of Brazil's new tourism minister, taken in his office, have sparked controversy on the nation's social networks. Milena Santos, named Miss Bumbum 2013 in Miami, released on her Facebook profile photos posing in an office of the Tourism Ministry, now headed by her husband, Alessandro Golombiw...

Source: Wikimedia Commons U.S. President Obama Encounters GMO Opposition in Germany

An anti-GMO activist in San Francisco. Source: Wikimedia Commons By Juan Palop Hanover, Germany, Apr 23 (EFE).- Tens of thousands of people protested Saturday in Hanover against the TTIP trade agreement between the United States and the European Union, on a day when both U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed their unyielding support for the project. Th...

Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton. EFE file U.S. Elections: Why Clinton and Trump Continue to Lead

By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Politics can be so fickle. Picking a presidential candidate is like voting for homecoming king and queen back in high school. We like this one, but not that one. This one is too tall and that one is too fat. It’s all a popularity contest. We ...

Wikimedia Commons International Observers Praise Costa Rica’s Democratic System

Source: Wikimedia Commons The Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) that observed the municipal elections in Costa Rica on February 7, 2016 today congratulated the citizens of the country on the successful participation in the process, which the Mission qualified as “a show of the solidity of its democratic system.” In his report (Spanish) to the Permanent Council of the Orga...

Wikimedia Commons After New York Victory, Trump Calls for Campaign Reform

Wikimedia Commons By Britt Nelson Homeboy billionaire Donald Trump and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the New York Primary on Tuesday night, further advancing a future face-off between the two for the upcoming national Presidential election in November. Republican Trump scored higher than expected with a whopping 60.5 percent of the vote and winning at least 89 of New...

Guatemalan president, Jimmy Morales. (State media) Guatemala president offers Trump “cheap labor” to build wall

Guatemalan president, Jimmy Morales. (State media) Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales took the opportunity of a Facebook Live interview with the Spanish-language edition of The New York Times to mock Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump's proposal for a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico. "To the gentleman who wishes to build that wall, I offer cheap labor," the former television c...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Senator Worried About Cubans Passing Through Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today questioned State Department officials from the Obama Administration regarding the Cuban migratory crisis currently unfolding in Central America. Rubio also addressed security challenges in Central American countries. Rubio made his comments during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on 'Central America and the ...

Wikimedia Commons Political Corruption in Brazil Gets Its Own Netflix Series

Wikimedia Commons São Paulo, April 15th, 2016 – Netflix, the world’s leading Internet television network, announced that filming of its new original series based on recent corruption investigation Operation Car Wash (Lava Jato in Portuguese), will begin this year in Brazil. The yet-to-be-titled series will be created and directed by José Padilha (Narcos, Elite Squad and Robocop), and written b...

(Wikimedia Commons) What is the “Trump Effect” And How Does It Affect U.S. Schools?

(Wikimedia Commons) Chicago, Apr 15 (EFE).- The anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rhetoric of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has invaded schools and universities across the United States, where the magnate's followers shout his name to intimidate Latinos and other people of color. "Trump has become a synonym for hate and his name is used to threaten minorities," the Midwest regional...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Elections: Sanders is a Strong Contender in New York

Wikimedia Commons By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. It appears almost certain that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will win the April 19 New York Primary in her quest to secure the Democratic nomination for President, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has won a lo...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica and Guyana Discuss Agricultural Priorities

Wikimedia Commons The Honorable Noel Holder, Agriculture Minister of Guyana arrived in Costa Rica on April 11 as part of a visit to discuss Agricultural priorities among the two countries. Among the discussions held, the main topic will be the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture’s (IICA) Country Strategy 2014-2018. The Agriculture Minister is accompanied by Chief Executi...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Primaries Trudge Along With Mud-Slinging and Petty Drama

Wikimedia Commons By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Watching the developing war of words in the presidential race for the upcoming New York primary from Costa Rica is quite entertaining no matter which candidate you support. Each day we get to watch an eye-popping sunset ...

(Wikimedia Commons) Poorly-Endowed Donald Trump Painting Sparks Controversy

(Wikimedia Commons) Washington, Apr 9 (EFE). - Several U.S. art galleries have refused to exhibit artist Illma Gore's painting of controversial magnate and Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, whom she portrays naked with tiny genitals. But the painting, in which Trump is seen with his arms resting on one knee, will get a showing within two weeks at Britain's Maddox Gallery in Lond...

Source: rree.go.cr Costa Rica Holds Bilateral Consultations with the European Union

Source: rree.go.cr Brussels, 08/04/2016 - On 7 April 2016, the first meeting between the European Union and Costa Rica under the Memorandum of Understanding between both parties was held in Brussels. The Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Costa Rica, Mr. Alejandro Solano Ortiz and the Managing Director for the Americas of the European External Action Service (EEAS), Mrs. Edita Hrd...

Costa Rica’s President Luis Guillermo Solís and U.S. Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, greet each other prior to the opening ceremony for the Central American Security Conference April 7 in San Jose. Photo by Jose Ruiz, SOUTHCOM Costa Rica Hosted U.S. – Central American Security Conference

Costa Rica’s President Luis Guillermo Solís and U.S. Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, greet each other prior to the opening ceremony for the Central American Security Conference April 7 in San Jose. Photo by Jose Ruiz, SOUTHCOM By Jose Ruiz and Michael Wimbish, United States Southern Command SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Top government, defense, and police leaders from Cen...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Elections: Wisconsin Sent Message to Trump and Clinton

Wikimedia Commons By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Hillary Clinton is still in the driver’s seat, but when she looks in the rear-view mirror the sight of Bernie Sanders nipping at her heels keeps getting bigger. Vermont Sen. Sanders whipped former Secretary of State C...

Presidential Standard of Brazil. Wikimedia Commons Double Trouble: President and VP of Brazil Face Impeachment

Presidential Standard of Brazil. Wikimedia Commons Brasilia, Apr 5 (EFE).- The Brazilian crisis entered a new and confused phase on Tuesday with the decision by a Supreme Court justice to order Congress to take up the impeachment of Vice President Michel Temer even as lawmakers are deciding whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff. Justice Marco Aurelio Mello's ruling is subject to appea...

LGBT flag President of Costa Rica Urged to Take Action on LGBT Marriage

Human Rights Watch, a prominent international non-profit known for its advocacy work with the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union, and several nations, is calling on President Luis Guillermo Solís to take immediate action on the issue of marriage equality. The following letter, dated April 4, was posted on the Human Rights Watch website. This letter is also available in Spanis...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Elections: Clinton and Trump Lose Ground in Late Primaries

Wikimedia Commons By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Voters in Wisconsin go to the primary polls Tuesday and it’s looking like another win for Democrat Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders who, in the past few days, has opened up a 5-point lead over former Secretary of State Hillar...

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff speaks during a meeting with jurists at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, March 22, 2016.  REUTERS/Gregg Newton Squatter Movement in Brazil Will Fight Against Impeachment

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff speaks during a meeting with jurists at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Gregg Newton Brasilia, Apr 1 (EFE).- Members of the MST Landless Workers Movement told Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Friday they would take to the streets to defeat a plan to oust her in a "coup," as they termed an ongoing impeachment effort in Congress. ...

Wikimedia Commons The Power of Independent Voters in the U.S. Presidential Election

Wikimedia Commons By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. The Independent voter has yet to speak. Presidential Campaign 2016 will be remembered as the year the Independent registered voter weighed in and turned the tides. The math is simple: Out of all registered voters acro...

(Wikimedia Commons) Donald Trump Bumbles Abortion Comment, Makes Clarification

(Wikimedia Commons) New York, Mar 30 (EFE).- Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Wednesday retracted comments he made about illegal abortion and said that doctors who perform such abortions are the ones who should be "legally responsible," and not the women who have them. The clarification came in an interview with MSNBC set to air Wednesday night but the announcement of which w...

Oscar Arias Costa Rica Former President of Costa Rica Signs Statement on Nuclear Terrorism

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Call to Action on Nuclear Terrorism signed by more than 140 global political, diplomatic, business and military leaders, as well as top experts in nuclear security, and released today, cites the progress resulting from four Nuclear Security Summits but warns: "The job is not done. The Summits are ending as the terrorist threat is growing." ...

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